Charges Against Times Square Body Paint Artist to Be Dismissed
By Kiratiana Freelon on October 14, 2011 7:16am
MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — A body paint artist who was arrested after painting a nude, paint-covered model in Times Square will have his charges dropped, as long as he only brings out his nude models at night, the court ruled Thursday.
Andy Golub, 45, and his model Karla Storie, 27, were arrested and charged with public lewdness and an exposure offense after Golub brought her into Times Square nude and covered her in body paint for a July 30 exhibit.
The charges were ordered dismissed when Golub appeared in court on Thursday and agreed to a compromise in which he will only work with fully nude models at night, and have his models wear some form of undergarment below the waist during the day.
Storie did not appear in court.
Defense attorney Ron Kuby said Thursday that he and his clients "agreed to disagree" with the city's distinction between daytime and nighttime nudity rules, and added that he does not believe either of his clients were in violation of the law. He said tht he will continue to challenge the legality of the city's enforcement rules.
"I'm continuing to challenge the city's lawlessness," Kuby said.
Prosecutors said the case will be formally dismissed after six months, if there are no additional arrests against either defendant.